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    Hi,

    Help needed please.

    My wife and i are trying to put a name to a British navy comedy.The plot involves a ship that is to be scrapped maybe?,But the crew send a telegram saying the ship carries a Bulsen Pulminator(Does not exist)and there are then scenes of naval

    Civil servants combing records to find out what a P,B, is.I think some officers trying not show there ignorance of not knowing what the P,B is say well "we cant possibly scrap this ship". Any Ideas? Thanks.

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    Could it have been The Navy Lark (1959)?

    That sounds like the sort of thing they'd get up to.



    That was a film version of the popular radio show of the same name. But it didn't work as well, partly because the pictures are better on the radio and partly because they didn't use the full crew from the radio version. In fact Leslie Phillips was about the only one from the radio show who was in the film.



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    Watch Your Stern. (I think)

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    Steve is right, It's the 'Navy Lark'. thumbs_u



    In 'Watch Your Stern' they pass off a plan for a refrigerator as the blueprint of an experimental weapon.

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    </div><div class='quotemain'>MrDrakesDuck:

    Steve is right, It's the 'Navy Lark'. thumbs_u

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    That was a good guess.

    ISTR I quickly switched it off on the one time I did have a chance to see it as it didn't have the full crew from the radio series & I didn't want to damage my memory of that great show.



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    Sorry guys I cannot agree.

    I beleive it is OPERATION BULLSHINE (1959) starring Donald Sinden.



    Dave.

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    </div><div class='quotemain'>David Brent:

    Sorry guys I cannot agree.

    I beleive it is OPERATION BULLSHINE (1959) starring Donald Sinden.



    Dave. [/b]
    It is 'The Navy Lark', I have it on video. wink



    'Operation Bullshine' is set in the Army.



    I bet your getting mixed up with another Sinden film called 'You Know What Sailors Are'.



    In that after a drunken night ashore he brings back a scrap pram and mounts it on his ship.



    It gets painted over and the next morning it's mistaken for some technical equipment.



    Officers and top brass are baffled by it, but not wanting to embarrass themselves they pretend they know what it is and no one realises it's just a piece of junk.

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    Balls..... blush



    YKWSA ; Pram wheels and Pawnbroker's balls.



    It's the 'new' 998 radar.



    I too thought it was YKWSA and had to have a look last nite :)



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    Thanks folks,so the navy lark it is then.Well worth joining to get the answer to something thats been bugging us for years.

    What a great site! Hope to be able to pherhaps supply some answers myself in the future.Whilst not an expert i do love British films.Cheers once again.

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    It often works out that we get answers this way. A few people make suggestions as to what it might be and that stirs a memory in someone who's actually got a copy of the film and they check to confirm (or deny) it.



    Welcome to the Britmovie forum :)



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    What's YKWSA? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif[/img]

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    Y_ou K_now W_hat S_ailors A_re



    Ooops blush



    Too much of the old work-memo writing style creeping in there...



    Apologies,



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    doh Duh!



    Sorry MrDrakesDuck, as you correctly supposed i was thinking of 'You Know What Sailors Are ' NOT 'Operation Bullshine'.

    The old memory can play tricks on you sometimes.



    Cheers thumbs_u



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    </div><div class='quotemain'> Sorry MrDrakesDuck, as you correctly supposed i was thinking of 'You Know What Sailors Are ' NOT 'Operation Bullshine'.

    The old memory can play tricks on you sometimes.

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    Well the confusion is no wonder, there's rather a theme running through these naval comedies.

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    Quite right, it is The Navy Lark.



    It was made near my home town at West Bay, Dorset. We used to race home from school to go and watch the filming. Happy days!!!!

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    This is why I love this forum... even wrong names can lead me into fun films. Thanks!

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